PAULA DARLENE (JOHNSON) MOORE, age 65, of Washington CH, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at The James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center while surrounded by her family following her courageous battle with cancer.
Paula was preceded in death by her parents, Betty and Elton Taylor, her biological father, Charles Johnson, sister-in-law, Kathy Gustin, mother-in-law, Betty Moore, and an infant brother, Ricky Johnson.
Survivors include her husband, Ivan “Tim” Moore, daughter, Amy Beadle, stepson, Jason (Jen) Moore, and grandsons, Eli Beadle, and Kolton Moore. Surviving siblings include, Michael Taylor, Vicki (Paul) Newkirk, Rena (Keith) Howard, and sister-in-law, Pam (Joe) Langley-Pittel. Additional survivors include nieces and nephews, Becky Taylor, Kelli (Nick) Chrisman-Leach, Shane Savage, Kristin (Dave) Plachno, Thad (Tania) Schlichter, Jinny (Brodie) Maust, Heather (Clint) Hartz, and Byron (Lindsey) Gustin. She also leaves behind many great-nieces and nephews, family members, and close friends.
Paula was born on June 1, 1955 in Washington CH, where she spent most of her life and was a 1973 graduate of Miami Trace High School. She retired from Pickaway Correctional Institution after many years as a Corrections Officer. Her greatest accomplishments in life were becoming a mother and grandmother. The pride she had for her family was well known among her loved ones, as she cherished every moment with them. She spent the last 27 years adored by her sweet husband, Tim, who cared for her and loved her immensely.
Paula lived a life centered around kindness and inspired everyone around her. Friends quickly became family and acquaintances became friends as she offered a smile, words of encouragement, and help to anyone in need. She had a heart and personality that was larger than life and will be remembered for her radiant smile, contagious laugh, and her willingness to help anyone in need. Loving Paula meant that we had to share her with the world, for she embraced friends, family, and strangers alike, always loving, encouraging and supporting those in her circle. And what a huge circle it was! She was a mentor, a second mother, and “Aunt Paula” to so many that extended beyond her own family. It is true she never met a stranger, generous to everyone who crossed her path.
Describing Paula without mentioning her long battle with cancer would be remiss, as she showed us what true strength and bravery looked like. She talked about her fight with positivity; she inspired others, raised awareness, and encouraged her loved ones to support her with that same positivity and courage. A Doctor in Hospice described her as “stoic and sweet”, as she remained strong, positive and kindhearted until her final moments.
To summarize her life in a few short paragraphs is challenging, as words fall short to describe this incredible woman who was so many things to so many people. She possessed a beauty that few people have. As we learn how to navigate life without her, remember her with love and laughter. Honor her by paying forward the kindness that she demonstrated throughout her life.
In keeping with her wishes, there will be no funeral, but the family will provide details of a private memorial service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family is arranging to have donations made in her honor to benefit Metastatic Breast Cancer Research.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Summers Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.summersfuneralhome.com
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